Ten Tech Tips for Web & Mobile Users
There are several ways you can use web and mobile more efficiently. Such as choice of right browser, best practices, POP3/IMAP capable e-mail account, using keyboard shortcuts etc can save time and help you get exactly where you want to be in seconds. Here are some useful tips you can use while using the Web and Mobile.
1. A very important component to surf online is a good browser. Use memory efficient web browser. Chrome is very lightweight, but some would argue Firefox is better due to the fact that chrome creates individual processes per tab. But Firefox has known memory hogging issues though, so I recommend Chrome.
2. You can zoom in and zoom out the text on any Web page in a any browser without hovering around and looking for the browser setting. In Windows, just press Ctrl and the plus\minus keys and on the Mac it's the Command key and plus\minus.
3. If you are reading or going through a long web page on PC\laptop and if you want to scroll down and up often; you can tap the spacebar to scroll down on a Web page one screenful. Use the Shift key to scroll back up.
4. When you are filling data like Name, Email, City, State, Zip in the boxes on a Web form (e.g. Contact Us page) , you can press the Tab key to jump from box to box, rather than clicking. And likewise, the Shift+Tab key to jump through the boxes backwards.
5. When you're searching for something on the Web search engine e.g. Google put quotes around phrases that must be searched together. For example, if you put quotes around "water heater," you will save time. Google won't waste your time finding one set of Web pages containing the word "electric" and another set containing the word "heater."
6. With older browsers we had little choice but to click on links and then the back button to reach our previous page. Today modern browsers give us the efficiency of opening multiple pages in tabs. The next tips in this list will help the tabbed browsing more efficient.
7. To navigate to the address bar, press Alt+D and to navigate to the search box, press Ctrl+E. Once you've entered the URL or search term normally you'd press Enter. BUT if you press enter, your current page will be replaced with a different website which may not be what you wanted so rather than pressing enter, press Alt+Enter to open the page in a new tab. You can use Ctrl+Tab to iterate through all those tabs that are open in your browser.
8. Save your temporary Web files on a RAM which is much faster than the standard hard drives. This makes the browser work much faster. This is good handle to use a RAM disk to help speed up disk-intensive application - use a RAM disk to help speed up.
9. The biggest complain while browsing with mobile phones is the navigation and that they often don't display Web content properly since most of the sites have been designed for PC\desktop\laptop.Use Websites or services specially optimized for viewing and surfing with a mobile phone. These sites usually have "mobile", "mobi", or "m" in the URL.
10. If you are always on the move and access mail regularly, a smartphone always seems a good option. But if you don't set it up properly, for access both from your PC and smartphone, it can be more of a burden than a boon. You should use a POP3/IMAP capable e-mail account e.g. Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, etc, that you can set it up to access your e-mail account through the phone's Web browser.